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UMBC McNair Scholars Program Scholar Research Institute 

General McNair Requirement

  • REM 28 members are not required to apply for SRI; however, they are required to submit a satisfactory proposal to AFST495 that is supported by their Faculty Research Mentor. Their Faculty Research Mentor should either approve the proposal to be submitted to SRI or give the scholar feedback as to what needs to be done to make the proposal worthy of assessment for future SRI or UR Award submission. Either way, the scholar’s proposal and presentation must receive an average grade of B or better from the AFST495 faculty.
  • Non-Graduating REM 28 scholars: Must either apply for SRI, or submit proposal for UR Award (due in February 2020)
  • All Scholars: Cannot apply for both SRI and REU Supplemental Support within the same year.  Scholars are allowed to have other non-McNair financial assistance in addition to SRI and/or REU Supplemental Support.
  • Graduating Seniors:  May not apply for both SRI and travel support.


To qualify for SRI, it is expected that the scholar has:

  • Classification of being a Scholar in Good Standing by the start of SRI
  • Successfully completed McNair 101, 102, 103 (AFST 495) with a B or higher
  • McNair 101 (Orientation & Bridge Weekend, spring of semester accepted into the program)
  • McNair 102(Blackboard 0 credit course – taken first summer within the program)
  • McNair 103 (AFST 495- taken fall semester of first year within the program)
  • Developed a research proposal that has been reviewed by and will be supported by your Faculty Research Mentor prior to submission.

If accepted into SRI, Fellow agrees to:

  • Register for a two to three credit independent study (as determined by the fellow’s Faculty Research Mentor).
  • Engage in research and research-related activities for approximately 10 hours per week during academic semesters which includes research, attending all McNair Monday Meetings, bi-weekly scheduled SRI Group Meetings/Individual Check-Ins with McNair staff, all McNair Presentations Days (that will be held on Mondays during the free hour), and regularly scheduled meetings with the fellow’s Faculty Research Mentor (as determined by you and your mentor).
  • Fellows are required to keep Mondays 12 -1 pm open for all McNair events and SRI meetings, no exceptions.
  • Fellow may only work a total of 15 additional hours at any other job(s), on or off-campus. Keep in mind that SRI Fellows are considered leaders within McNair.
  • The completion of a research paper that is given a passing grade by the Fellow’s Faculty Research Mentor (P if Pass/Fail, B or higher if given a letter grade), and that is eligible for publication within their discipline or the UMBC Review.
  • The completion of a conference presentation for the work done during SRI (URCAD registration and presentation required if doing Spring SRI, and SURF if applying for summer)
  • The completion of a reflection paper to be graded by the McNair Staff (must receive a B or higher, details to be sent with acceptance)


$1100 {$250 per month (February, March, April), final $350 when final papers are submitted}.

Process Summary (see details below)

  • Email Research Faculty Mentor & McNair Office
  • Complete AFST495 Requirements
  • Complete SRI application & Email proposal
  • McNair Mentor completes evaluation
  • McNair Staff approval
  • SRI Acceptance Form


  • Before Dec 5th 2019, 12noon: Scholar must email their mentor letting them know that the scholar is interested in applying for SRI. Must send box link of proposal to their mentors and the link to the form the mentors must complete letting them know of deadlines. Scholar must cc the McNair program,


  • Do not submit application if you are not sure if your mentor will approve of your proposal! Also follow all instructions exactly or you will be disqualified and will have to reapply at a later time.


  • December 10th 2019, 12noon: Scholar must submit completed application AND email final proposal to
  • Use file nomenclature: LastName-FirstName-SpringSRI2020Proposal
  • Title page must include box link for proposal. If you edit the document after the deadline or if it is different than the proposal you emailed, you will be disqualified. This will be the same link your Faculty Research Mentor and the McNair staff are evaluating.


  • January 06th 2020, 12noon: Mentor form must be submitted. (No exception to deadline)


  • January 10th 2020, 12noon: decisions sent out from the McNair Office.


  • January 15th 2020, 12noon: Scholar must complete Acceptance Form.